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Public Safety

  • Pill trafficker found with 11,000 prescription drugs sentenced

    Ritchie L. Carson, 46, of 555 Gilbert Road, Bolivia, has been sentenced to a minimum of 90 months and a maximum of 117 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for trafficking by possession and transportation of the prescription pain medication oxycodone.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •James Melvin Hewett, 23, of Shallotte; charged with assault on a female on Al Street.

    •Larceny of camera at Las Palmeras in Shallotte; victim believes camera fell out of her car while taking a bag out of her vehicle.

    •Andrew Thomas Smeltzer, 36 of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with forgery of a check and uttering of a forged document. He attempted to cash a stolen check.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny from automobile on East First Street; suspect took registration plate.

    •Christopher R. Couch, 21, of Fulton, Ark.; charged with driving while impaired and open container.

    •Rachel Utsett, 19, of Fayetteville; charged with consuming alcohol while less than 21.

  • Damages, arrests in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police have investigated incidents of vandalism and reported arrests in separate incidents.

    On Aug. 6, a window was reported broken on a front-end loader belonging to East Coast Contractor. Deputy chief Steve Smith said someone took a bar or similar object to break the window on the machine that’s being used to install sewer line at Oyster Bay.

    Damage to personal property also was reported Aug. 6 to a mailbox on Shoreline Drive East.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Aug. 2-8, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote 14 citations and made four drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies conducted checkpoints at Hale Swamp Road, Lackey Road, Shell Point Road and Gray Bridge Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Reward offered in stolen boat lift larceny

    A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects who stole a hydraulic lift system off a yacht near Holden Beach.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ed Carter said a $20,000 hydraulic lift system was stolen off a 36-foot yacht in dry dock storage at Hewett’s Marina on B-Var Street in Supply sometime between July 30 and Aug. 4.

    In addition to the lift system, the suspect or suspects stole about 50 linear feet of steel railing.

  • Sheriff’s office joint operation leads to several arrests

    A joint operation with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team and K-9 Enforcement Unit led to multiple arrests last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a traffic stop Aug. 7 at the Go Gas in Southport led to the seizure of 75 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than $2,100 in cash.

    Agents arrested Chad Nathan McHenry at the scene without incident.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Structure fire on Chapel Loop Road in Leland; fire started on victim’s porch and burnt his residence.

    •Larceny on Southgate Boulevard in Southport; suspect stole victim’s vehicle.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Buckeye Street SW in Supply; suspect pried open victim’s shed door and stole a lawn mower.

  • Shallotte attorney arrested for assaulting brother with tractor

    A Shallotte attorney has been arrested on multiple charges, including assaulting his brother with a tractor and threatening his life.

    Mack Leon Hewett, 56, of 348 Lora Valley, Shallotte, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley.

    Hewett was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree trespassing, assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault and communicating threats, Stanley said.